Many people used to have family or home remedies for everything from sore throats to treating cuts. For many families, these were lost over time due to readily accessible medications. In recent years, however, people have started to return to natural solutions for minor pain for their children.
Remember to monitor the severity of the situation. Parents know their children better than anyone does. Keep an eye on body language and behavior in addition to how the child rates pain. If it is serious, always consult a doctor. However, there may be natural remedies that are perfect for minor issues. Here are some great family-friendly remedies to incorporate into a child’s care.
- Sore Throat: For children older than 1, a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of lemon in warm water can do wonders. Make certain the water is not too hot, and that your child drinks it one small sip at a time. Lemon effectively dries out congestion, while honey coats the throat to soothe pain.
- Tension: Children today carry backpacks as big as they are, and frequently suffer from anxiety. Whether it is physical or emotional tension, massage can help. In many cases, when the parent is giving a light massage, it has added emotional benefit over a stranger.
- Headaches: Grab a small towel or a bandana and tuck a few ice cubes inside it. Wrap it around your child’s head, making certain that the cubes do not make direct contact with the skin. The coldest part should be over the forehead.
- Stomach Pain: Fill a sock with uncooked rice and tie off the end. Microwave for about a minute. Make certain that it is warm but not hot. Rest it gently over the stomach until cold. Repeat as needed.
- Muscle Pain: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a great solution for kids suffering from muscle pain. Under the direction of a doctor, you can adjust the settings to be child-friendly. These devices send low electrical impulses through electrodes placed on the skin. It feels tingly but should not be painful. These impulses confuse pain signals, preventing them from reaching the brain.
Remember to monitor the situation and always see your doctor if you have doubts about the severity of a situation. In many cases, these natural remedies allow parents to feel confident that their child is getting some relief without medications.